Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Primavera

Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Primavera

I am not about to tell you to spend 4 hours in the kitchen working on a dish. Instead, this one is a set it and forget it then mix it all together when you can finally get everyone to sit down for dinner…busy life…I hear you!

This tastes like risotto, but actually uses whole grain quinoa instead. I replace the butter and cream sauces (however delicious they may be) with pesto (also delicious). The fat in pesto is mostly unsaturated which supports heart health and is a great option for those of you concerned about your cholesterol levels. Give it a try!

Breakfast rice

 Ingredients:

 -1 cup cooked brown rice

-1 cup broccoli florets

-2 tbsp olive oil for roasting

-1 tsp tumeric

-1 small avocado

-1 egg

Optional Toppings: 

-sriracha  

-scallions

-EVOO

-salt and pepper to taste

 

Prep: 

Cooking a batch of brown rice at the beginning of the week to last a few days will make this meal much simpler to put together each morning. I cook my rice in an Instapot with bone broth for added protein and nutrients.  

Another tip to make this meal faster each morning....roast up a large tray of broccoli at the beginning of the week. I drizzle the broccoli with olive and toss with turmeric (which is an anti-inflammatory compound). Then I roast it for about 15 minutes. 

Take 1/2-1 cup of rice (depending on your macro requirements) and 1 cup of the roasted broccoli and top with a fried egg. Add a small sliced avocado then choose your toppings. I like spice so I add sriracha, scallions, 1 tbsp EVOO, salt and pepper.   

You get everything you need post-workout to help you recover and fuel you through your day!

Shakshuka

Shakshuka

This is a new take on eggs for all of you that are getting sick of hard boiled or scrambles in the morning. It is also great for cooking for more than one and can be made even easier by…buying a good quality, thick tomato sauce with no sugar added….but shhhhhh! Don’t tell! If you have time the homemade thing is really incredible and doesn’t take long!